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St James' Park, Newcastle (ATT 45,908) 20th October 2008 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: R Styles

Newcastle Newcastle United vs Manchester City Man City

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Last Updated at 10:00 pm, October 20th 2008

  1. FT

    The referee blows his whistle for full-time. Newcastle deserve plenty of credit for their performance tonight as they have produced a very strong display with only 10 men. Manchester City are slightly fortunate to have grabbed a point and they have plenty of work to do before they can make a bid for a top four spot.

  2. 90

    Robinho wastes possession by sending a powerful effort past Given's left hand post from 30 yards. That could be Manchester City's last chance.

  3. 90

    Wright-Phillips' corner from the right is headed well wide of Given's near post by Robinho. Two minutes of this match left.

  4. 90

    Evans looks to keep hold of the ball on the edge of the Newcastle box before he is outmuscled by Taylor. The home side clear the danger.

  5. 90

    There will be four minutes of additional time.

  6. 89

    Ireland goes close to scoring his second goal as he sends a sharp effort past Given's far post from a tight angle on the right hand side of the Newcastle six-yard box.

  7. 88

    Manchester City are the only team looking to push forward now as Newcastle look to wind down the clock.

  8. 87

    The Newcastle fans have reacted to that goal by getting right behind their side. They know there is still work to be done to secure a point.

  9. 86

    GOAL IRELAND! Ireland races onto Robinho's through ball and slots a nice finish past Given from eight yards. Manchester City have equalised and they will now look to go on and win this game.

  10. 85

    N'Zogbia is caught offside as looks to create some space on the left flank. That was a rare move into the Manchester City half for Newcastle in the last few minutes.

  11. 84

    Ireland's half-volley from 25 yards is superbly saved by Given by his right hand post. The Newcastle goalkeeper gathered the ball at the second attempt.

  12. 83

    Manchester City make their final change of the match with Sturridge taking the place of Garrido. Plenty of attacking players on the pitch for the away side now.

  13. 82

    Manchester City are now heavily dominating possession. However, they need to fashion some clear-cut chances if they are to find an equaliser.

  14. 81

    Evans and Taylor are involved in a scuffle on the left flank after a strong challenge from the Newcastle defender. The referee rightly doesn't book either player.

  15. 80

    Ireland is knocked to the ground by Guthrie to give Manchester City a free-kick deep in their own half.

  16. 79

    Newcastle make their second change of the match with Andrew Carroll taking the place of the hugely impressive Ameobi in the centre of the Magpies' attack.

  17. 78

    Robinho panics and sends a shocking effort well over the top of the bar from 35 yards. Manchester City need to do better than that.

  18. 77

    Robinho's awful pass towards Evans is cleared away from danger by Coloccini on the edge of the Newcastle box. Manchester City are dominating possession at the moment.

  19. 76

    Robinho's driven effort from the edge of the Newcastle box is well saved by Given in the centre of his goal.

  20. 75

    Wright-Phillips' corner from the right is cleared by a strong header from Taylor on the edge of his six-yard box. Manchester City have got to start making their set-pieces count.

  21. 74

    Duff's cut-back from the left is turned past Hart's near post by Ameobi from close-range. That was a good chance for Newcastle to extend their lead.

  22. 73

    Wright-Phillips' corner from the right is easily claimed by Given under no pressure on the edge of his six-yard box.

  23. 72

    Before the corner can be taken Newcastle make a substitution with Charles N'Zogbia taking the place of the hardworking Martins.

  24. 72

    Onuoha's cross from the right is turned behind for a Manchester City corner by Butt.

  25. 71

    Ireland's poor pass to Evans is easily intercepted by Taylor on the edge of the Newcastle box. Manchester City have not made good use of possession in the second-half.

  26. 70

    Wright-Phillips' corner from the right is headed narrowly over the top of the bar by Jo. The Manchester City striker has not been at his best tonight.

  27. 69

    Evans' effort from the edge of the Newcastle box is deflected over the top of the bar by Taylor's challenge. Corner to Manchester City.

  28. 68

    Given does really well to claim the ball at the feet of the onrushing Evans on the edge of his six-yard box. Newcastle are still the better side.

  29. 67

    Duff is caught by a silly challenge from Wright-Phillips to give Newcastle a free-kick on the left flank.

  30. 66

    Kompany sends a curving effort from the edge of the Newcastle box narrowly wide of Given's right hand post.

  31. 65

    Newcastle just about deserve their lead on the balance of play in this half. They have been taking the game to Manchester City and are not allowing them any time on the ball.

  32. 64

    Manchester City react to Newcastle taking the lead by bringing on Ched Evans for Hamann.

  33. 63

    OWN GOAL DUNNE! Geremi's corner from the right is turned into his own net by Dunne from eight yards. The Manchester City defender just side-footed the ball into the bottom left hand corner of his own net under no pressure. 2-1 to Newcastle.

  34. 63

    Geremi's cross from the right is knocked behind for a Newcastle corner by Dunne.

  35. 62

    Geremi's lofted ball into the Manchester City box is cleared by Onuoha's header. Newcastle are not playing like a side with 10 men in this half.

  36. 61

    Kompany's powerful effort from 30 yards is saved with ease by Given in the centre of his goal.

  37. 60

    Hamann is bundled to the ground by Butt to give Manchester City a free-kick on the halfway line. The tempo of this match is pretty quick at the moment.

  38. 59

    Ameobi is caught offside as he looks to race onto Taylor's long ball forward. The Newcastle fans don't like that decision.

  39. 58

    Manchester City have made their first change of the match with Nedum Onuoha taking the place of Richards.

  40. 57

    It looks like we are set for our first change of the match as Richards has signalled to the Manchester City bench that he is injured.

  41. 56

    I think the time may have come for Manchester City to bring on Daniel Sturridge. They need extra impetus in their play and the young striker could provide that. Let me know your thoughts on any changes you feel either side should make by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

  42. 55

    Duff's attempted through ball to Ameobi is collected by Hart ahead of the onrushing Newcastle striker. The home side are still looking to move forward at every opportunity.

  43. 54

    Butt's lofted ball into the Manchester City box is headed clear by Kompany. The away side have been awarded a free-kick anyway as Kompany was fouled by Taylor.

  44. 53

    Ireland's cross from the right is intercepted by Coloccini and he proceeds to fire the ball upfield.

  45. 52

    Geremi's corner from the right is cleared from danger by a flicked header from Jo. Both sides are looking to attack at the start of this half.

  46. 52

    Duff's cross from the right is deflected behind for a Newcastle corner by Dunne.

  47. 51

    Wright-Phillips' awful ball forward races away from Robinho and is easily claimed by Given just inside the Newcastle box.

  48. 50

    Garrido's free-kick from the right flank is cleared from danger by a strong header from Butt.

  49. 49

    Bassong does well to halt Wright-Phillips' bustling run down the right flank with a strong challenge. Newcastle are looking strong at the start of this half.

  50. 48

    Geremi's lofted free-kick into the Manchester City box is overhit and races out of play for a goal-kick.

  51. 47

    Ireland's cross from the right is claimed with ease by Given on the edge of his six-yard box.

  52. 46

    The second-half is under way and neither side is able to keep possession early on.

  53. The players are making their way back onto the pitch. Rob Styles is unsurprisingly booed by the Newcastle fans as he makes his return to the field.

  54. What do you think will happen in the next 45 minutes. Can Newcastle hold firm or will Manchester City start to play in top gear. Let me know your view by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

  55. Peter in Chicago thinks TV replays should be introduced but teams should be restricted to making two 'challenges' per game. Let me know your view by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

  56. Sky Bet make Newcastle 6/1 to win this match, Manchester City are 4/7 and you can back the draw at 2/1.

  57. Many of you disagree with Rob Styles' decision to send-off Beye. Do you TV replays should now be introduced into football or is there a better way to cut-out bad decisons. Let me know your view by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

  58. HT

    The referee blows his whistle for half-time to bring a very entertaing opening period to an end. Newcastle fans should be very pleased with their side as they have responded to Beye's harsh red card by playing with real spirit and nous. Manchester City have been very poor at the end of this half and I think Mark Hughes will let them know that in no uncertain terms during the break.

  59. 45

    Ameobi's shirt is pulled by Kompany on the halfway line and the Manchester City midfielder is rightly booked

  60. 45

    We are in the first of two additional minutes.

  61. 45

    Ireland's driven effort from theb edge of teh Newcastle box skips just wide of Given right hand post.

  62. 44

    GOAL AMEOBI! Martins' cross from the left is cleared by Dunne but the ball deflects back to Ameobi. The Newcastle striker keeps his composure and sends a neat finish past Hart from close-range. The scores are level.

  63. 43

    Ireland dwells on the ball and allows Coloccini to win possession. The Manchester City midfielder then hauls the Newcastle defender to the ground.

  64. 42

    Duff does well to win the ball from Wright-Phillips with a strong challenge on the halfway line. Newcastle are showing a lot of spirit at the moment.

  65. 41

    Garrido's corner from the left is headed onto the roof of the Newcastle goal by Hamann. That was nearly a goal against his former club for the Manchester City midfielder.

  66. 40

    Jo works some space in the Newcastle box and is unlucky to see Taylor poke the ball behind for a Manchester City corner.

  67. 39

    Geremi's free-kick from the right flank is claimed by Hart as Martins looks to head the ball towards goal. Newcastle are the better side at the moment.

  68. 38

    Butt concedes a free-kick on the halfway line as the tempo of this game slows for the first time in the last few minutes.

  69. 37

    Newcastle have been bright in the last few minutes. It looks like they are prepared to take this game to Manchester City.

  70. 36

    Garrido is rightly booked by the referee after he pulls Duff back as the Newcastle work looks to storm down the left flank. Dunne is now back on the pitch.

  71. 35

    Ameobi slides Duff through one-on-one with Hart. The Newcastle winger, however, sends a poor effort straight at the Manchester City goalkeeper. That is the best chance of the game for the home side.

  72. 34

    We currently have a break in play as Dunne is receiving treatment after being caught by Hart's punch clear. It looks like the Manchester City defender has a nosebleed.

  73. 33

    Hart does superbly to punch Geremi's lofted ball into the box away from the onrushing Ameobi.

  74. 32

    Geremi's free-kick from the right flank is headed away from teh Manchester City goal by Taylor. Newcastle cannot afford to waste half-chances like that.

  75. 31

    Newcastle win a free-kick in a crossing position on the right flank as Dunne shoves Ameobi to the ground.

  76. 30

    Geremi's corner from the right is headed away with ease from his near post by Jo. A wasted chance for Newcastle.

  77. 29

    Manchester City are keeping the ball with ease in their own half. This is a rare moment of respite for the Newcastle defence.

  78. 28

    Robinho's deflected effort from just inside the Newcastle box narrowly evades Jo as the Manchester City striker looks to turn the ball home.

  79. 27

    Newcastle are getting nowhere near the ball at the moment. How do you think they can get back into this match? Let me know by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

  80. 26

    Wright-Phillips' corner from the right is headed well wide of Given's far post by Jo. Manchester City continue to dominate.

  81. 25

    Javier Garrido's cross from the left is put behind for a Manchester City corner on the opposite flank by Bassong.

  82. 24

    Ben Haim does well to take the ball away from Ameobi as the Newcastle striker looks to break into the Manchester City box.

  83. 23

    Joe Hart's long ball forward is headed away from the edge of the Newcastle box by Sebastien Bassong. The home fans are now quiet after their initial anger at Beye's red card.

  84. 22

    Guthrie goes through the back of Stephen Ireland and the referee awards Manchester City a free-kick on the halfay line.

  85. 21

    Manchester City are enjoying a sustained spell of possession as they continue to dominate this game. Newcastle need to quickly work out how they are going to utilise their 10 men.

  86. 20

    Wright-Phillips' low cross from the right is cleared from danger by a strong clearance from Steven Taylor. Geremi has moved to right-back since Beye's dismissal.

  87. 19

    Wright-Phillips' corner from the right is headed well wide of Given's far post by Jo from 12 yards. Manchester City are in control of this match.

  88. 18

    Manchester City work the ball to Richards and the defender outmuscles Fabricio Coloccini before seeing his driven effort well saved by Given.

  89. 17

    Robinho does well to outmuscle Damien Duff and start another Manchester City attacking move.

  90. 16

    Danny Guthrie bundles Vincent Kompany to the ground as he looks to pass the ball. The Newcastle midfielder is lucky not to be booked.

  91. 15

    The Newcastle fans are not happy with referee Rob Styles. They think their team has been hard done by and television replays appear to back that view.

  92. 14

    GOAL ROBINHO! Robinho sends Given the wrong way to put his penalty into the bottom right hand corner of the Newcastle goal. Manchester City lead 1-0.

  93. 13

    That is a very harsh decision from the referee. Beye got a touch on the ball as he tackled Robinho.

  94. 12

    Robinho is bundled to the ground by Habib Beye as he looks to reach Wright-Phillips' through ball into the Newcastle box. The defender is sent-off and Manchester City have a penalty.

  95. 11

    Geremi's powerful free-kick goes narrowly over the top of the bar. Decent effort from the Newcastle midfielder.

  96. 10

    Martins is caught by a late challenge from Ben Haim to give Newcastle a free-kick in a shooting position on the edge of the Manchester City box.

  97. 10

    Geremi's corner from the right is cleared away from the Manchester City box by a flicked header from Hamann.

  98. 9

    Dietmar Hamann wins possession from Geremi with a strong challenge on the right flank. Newcastle are having a decent period of pressure.

  99. 8

    Ameobi is caught offside as he looks to reach a long ball behind Manchester City's defence.

  100. 7

    Manchester City have been the better team at the start of this match. Wright-Phillips and Robinho are always looking to get involved and Newcastle's defence is already looking stretched.

  101. 6

    Robinho is caught offside as looks to head Wright-Phillips' lofted pass towards the Newcastle goal.

  102. 5

    Geremi's attempted through ball to Martins is knocked away from the Newcastle striker by Shola Ameobi. The Nigerian isn't happy with his strike partner.

  103. 4

    Wright-Phillips' corner from the right is cleared by the Newcastle defence after Robinho slices a shot across the home side's box. Manchester City have started brightly.

  104. 3

    Geremi's lofted cross from the right is headed away from the onrushing Obafemi Martins by Tal Ben Haim.

  105. 2

    Micah Richards sends a sloppy pass out of play as he looks to find Shaun Wright-Phillips on the right flank.

  106. 1

    The action is under way and Manchester City are keeping possession early on.

  107. Joe Kinnear and Mark Hughes are shaking hands as the players get ready for kick-off

  108. The players are in the tunnel as we near kick-off. Hopefully we are set for an entertaining game tonight.

  109. Rob Gordon believes Newcastle have selected Shola Ameobi tonight so he can provide a foil for Obafemi Martins. Let me know your thoughts ahead of the game by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

  110. My call for optimistic Newcastle fans has yielded results. Thomas Winter and Chris Peeling are both backing the Magpies for victory. Do you think this is Shola Ameobi's last chance to prove himself in the Premier League? He has been short of goals in recent seasons and has picked up plenty of injuries. Let me know your opinion by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

  111. Matt Moore from Calgary feels Manchester City will win this match 2-0 with Robinho scoring both goals. Does anyone out there think Newcastle can pick up the three points? Let me know by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

  112. Liam Wilton in Newcastle thinks Manchester City will win 4-0 with Robinho, Jo, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Stephen Ireland finding the target. I believe the Magpies might push City a bit closer tonight. Let me know your views by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

  113. Here is a more detailed look at the two teams. Striker Obafemi Martins is thrown straight back into the Newcastle starting line-up as interim boss Joe Kinnear looks for a morale-boosting victory over Manchester City. The Nigeria international's return from a knee injury is one of four changes to the side which drew 2-2 at Everton last time out with Sebastian Bassong, Habib Beye and Shola Ameobi also getting the nod. The injured Michael Owen, as well as Jose Enrique, Charles N'Zogbia and Claudio Cacapa, make way, with the latter trio all among the substitutes. City manager Mark Hughes replaces the suspended Pablo Zabaleta with Tal Ben Haim, while there is a start too for former Magpie Dietmar Hamann.

  114. I will bring you a more detailed look at the teams shortly but what do you make of the two starting line-ups. I think Newcastle will be boosted by Obafemi Martins' return in attack, however I feel Manchester City may be hit by Micah Richards' move from centre-half to right-back. Let me know your views by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

  115. The teams in full are: Newcastle: Given, Beye, Taylor, Coloccini, Bassong, Geremi, Guthrie, Butt, Duff, Martins, Ameobi Subs: Harper, Cacapa, Jose Enrique, N'Zogbia, Xisco, Edgar, Carroll

  116. Man City: Hart, Richards, Ben-Haim, Dunne, Garrido, Wright-Phillips, Kompany, Hamann, Ireland, Jo, Robinho Subs: Schmeichel, Onuoha, Elano, Fernandes, Evans, Sturridge, Berti Referee: Rob Styles (Hampshire)

  117. Sky Bet make Newcastle 23/10 to win this match, Manchester City are 5/4 and you can back the draw at 11/5. You can also find odds of 11/1 for both Damien Duff and Robinho to find the target tonight.

  118. Welcome to our live coverage of Newcastle's clash with Manchester City. This is a big game for both sides but the most pressure has to be on Joe Kinnear's Magpies. I will bring you the team news shortly but you can let me know your thoughts on the match by sending an e-mail to nick.hext@bskyb.com.

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